- Bachelor's Degree
- Master's Degree
- Writing Skills
- Communication Skills
- Organizational Skills
- Microsoft Word
- Research Experience
About the Organization:
IPPF/WHR is a leader in the movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Americas and Caribbean. We work with 45 partner partners in 40 countries and territories throughout the region that share a common mission: to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, promote sex education, and fight for sexual and reproductive rights.
In 2017, our partners provided 7.5 million people with nearly 36 million services, including contraception, breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV/STI prevention and treatment services, and safe abortion. These lifesaving interventions saved $237.5 million in direct healthcare costs, averted 2.5 million unintended pregnancies, and averted nearly more than 496,000 unsafe abortions. We also leveraged advocacy opportunities to create an environment where policies and programs meet the real-life needs of local communities. These efforts led to 39 progressive advocacy achievements across the region in 2017 alone.
The IPPF/WHR Regional Office connects our partners to the global movement for sexual and reproductive rights and ensures their long-term sustainability by providing capacity building in areas such as program planning, organizational development, and fundraising. Together, we build strong institutions and healthy communities.
The NEXUS initiative is an innovative initiative to support a group of cross-regional high-level government officials in ensuring the highest support to SRHR at crucial UN negotiations related with the Agenda 2030 and ICPD beyond 2014 follow-up processes. This initiative will build on the existing momentum created by the SheDecides movement and will complement its advocacy work by mobilizing the SheDecides government champions alongside other leaders that are not formally part of this initiative. A small secretariat is being established in New York to provide coordination, intelligence and strategic orientation to support the Champions to facilitate cross-regional exchange and define result-oriented negotiation tactics to foster the SRHR agenda at the UN.
An independent unit, established for 3 years and hosted by IPPF/WHR, the NEXUS secretariat coordinates and supports the work of the NEXUS initiative.
The Nexus Policy and Advocacy Intern will assist the Director of the NEXUS Secretariat in supporting the substantive work of the NEXUS secretariat, especially in entertaining liaison with various partners and monitoring intergovernmental development at the UN. The Nexus Policy and Advocacy Intern reports directly to the Director of the NEXUS secretariat.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Participate in various meetings, conferences and events organized by UN entities, intergovernmental and civil society organizations in NY and prepare summary notes
Monitor SRHR-related developments at the UN and assist in identifying opportunities or concerns relevant to NEXUS
Establish and entertain working relationships with UN officers, government technical officers at UN missions, and civil society actors
Ensure liaison with the UN staff in the secretariats of UN intergovernmental bodies (ECOSOC, CSW, CSD, CPD, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women, etc.)
Assist in drafting documentation for resource mobilization efforts for the NEXUS Secretariat
Assist in planning and supporting NEXUS activities
Conduct research on SRHR and assist in drafting tools and inputs for international negotiations, including statements, technical briefs
Assist in intelligence and information gathering and draft analyses of UN and national political developments impacting SRHR-related UN and other international processes
Assist in preparing background documents, speaking points, op-eds for NEXUS members and SRHR champions
Assist in monitoring developments in the US government and Congress activities/statements related to SRH
Gain experience in policy writing with an advocacy focus
Learn about complex international negotiation system and factors affecting policy at international and national levels
Have an opportunity to observe and interact with governments, UN officials involved in policy decisions
Network within the NGO and UN community
Gain deeper understanding and strategic analysis of SRHR-related issues and international negotiations
Learn about process of coordinating advocacy at the UN and I/NGO
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s or Masters’ degree in international relations, development studies, international economics, gender, public health, human rights, social sciences or related field or a combination of some of these or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program with major in at least one of the above subject matters
Strong interest in foreign policy, international affairs, SRHR/public health agenda, gender equality, human rights and humanitarian issues
Good knowledge and understanding of international affairs, including the UN system, public health/SRHR related issues
Some professional experience in international development and/or technical cooperation with a government, intergovernmental or not-for-profit organization, or research/academic institution
Some experience in intergovernmental affairs, protocol, coordination, government relations is an advantage
Previous experience or exposure to the United Nations is an asset
Some experience in a developing country desirable
Skills & Competencies
Solid writing, editing, and research skills with focus on details
Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment
Solid computer skills: must be able to work effectively and accurately with MS Outlook, Word, Excel, email, and internet applications
Good ability to interact will multiple partners and networking
Solid communication skills, including excellent writing skills
Good coordination, planning and organizational skills
Creativity and flexibility
Ability to work independently and to ask questions, when needed
Please note that this is a non-paid internship. Stipend will be provided to cover transportation and other official costs.
How to Apply:
Please note that this internship is unpaid. Stipend will be provided to cover transportation and other official costs. Please submit a cover letter, resume and 2-4 pages writing sample, preferably on a topic relating to SRHR issues or international affairs to email@example.com. Applications should be submitted by 21 December 2018. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
IPPF/WHR is an equal opportunity employer, committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people. We welcome and encourage applicants for all positions respecting the full spectrum of education, experience, age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, religion, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, veteran status or other military status, legal alien status or citizenship status, genetic carrier status, genetic information, AIDS or AIDS-related complex or HIV status, being a victim of domestic violence, protected activity (i.e., filing a charge of discrimination, participating in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposing prohibited discrimination), or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.